The Breakthroughs in Storytelling Awards, Summit and Symposium honor the most innovative approaches to narrative from the past year.

The 2023 Breakthroughs in Storytelling Awards go to:

Backup Ukraine

The Danish National Committee of UNESCO, Blue Shield Denmark, Polycam, Virtue Worldwide, Ukraine’s Heritage Emergency Rescue Initiative, the National Museum of the History of Ukraine
LiDAR app
Denmark / United States / Ukraine

Bureau of Multiversal Arbitration

Star St.Germain and Nadya Lev
AI, mixed reality, Discord game
United States


Yo-Yo Lin
Live performance
United States


Jess Peter and The Pudding
Online Satire
United Kingdom / United States


Collective Act
Interactive Art and Science Installation
United Kingdom


Marshmallow Laser Feast, Cate Blanchett, Terrence Malick, Edward R. Pressman
Interactive VR
United Kingdom, United States


Sam Barlow
Interactive Movie
United States

Song of the Ambassadors

K Allado-McDowell with GPT-3, Derrick Skye, Refik Anadol
AI, Live Performance
United States


Sutu, aka Stuart Campbell, and EyeJack
AR, Blockchain, Web3
Australia/United States

Theater of the Mind

David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar
Interactive Theater
United States

Tomás Saraceno: Particular Matter(s)

Tomás Saraceno
Interactive Installation
Germany / United States

Unlearning Language

Lauren Lee McCarthy and Kyle McDonald
AI, installation, performance
United States / Japan